Hello readers, welcome to weekend chit-chat. I was at a friend’s place last night and the conversation flowed towards social media. Somebody mentioned that companies are checking potential hire’s Facebook profile before the job offer. I was not so sure about it and decided to give it a check.
This morning Google directed me to a post in PC world, where CareerBuilder.com revealed some number. 20% of companies admitted checking Facebook/MySpace profiles. And the number of rejection is more than number of acceptance, 33% vs 24%.
“Use of drugs or drinking and the posting of photographs deemed ‘inappropriate’ or ‘provocative’ were identified as the most popular reasons why employers eliminated a candidate after viewing their social networking profile.” ~ Mentioned by PC World.
Earlier I listed a few tips towards getting a job through social media. But, this one looks like “Losing a job because of social media”.
Here’s the list of reasons for hiring and not hiring based on social media profile, published in a CareerBuilder survey.
I quickly checked my Facebook profile once again, scrutinized my wall. Nah, there’s no picture of me drinking and dancing wild. I didn’t post any offensive comment on my wall or on anybody’s wall. My qualification on Facebook, LinkedIn and resume are matching as well.
One question though, how companies are getting hold of job applicant’s social profile? I heard that Facebook user id and passwords are being asked at many places, even in schools. I suppose these employer’s also doing the same practice.
A practice which Facebook seems uncomfortable with. You are giving out your social media profile to someone because you need a job or you need an education degree. Kind of blackmailing. You probably are signing a consent for this.
You are probably not willing and comfortable, at least I won’t be. It’s our private world. Even if I get hired, I will still be uncomfortable that my employer knows about my private social life. All employers are not equal and all bosses are not the same. Exploitation is a possibility here.
And, what about the privacy of your friends? Getting your user id does also mean getting some very private information about your friends, isn’t it? Remember your Facebook friends are not giving you their consent! A case which Facebook is more concerned about.
It will be interesting to see the legal battle going forward. So what do you think, is this a good idea on an employer’s part?
Also, this question goes to the employers who check applicant’s online profile, do you think that everyone maintains online profile like the way they maintain offline profile? I see wise quotes, links and comments from very dumb people all the time.
And one last tip of wisdom, if I may, when you are in the job market, do polish your Facebook profile and remove any potentially objectionable item from it, make it a ritual like updating your résumé.